Notre Dame to break ground Sept. 26 for Innovation Park

by Ann Hastings and Dennis Brown


A groundbreaking ceremony for Innovation Park at Notre Dame will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 26) at the parks future site near the corner of Twyckenham Drive and Edison Road in South Bend.

To be located on 12 acres of land adjacent to the south side of the University, Innovation Park will be home to a variety of start-up businesses, including expected commercial applications from the new Notre Dame-based Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) and other University core research areas.

The parks first building, to be completed by fall 2009, will be a three-story, 54,000-square-foot structure that will include collaborative areas, conference rooms, administrative offices, incubation facilities and lab space. Plans are being developed for future expansion.

More than 500 local, regional and national guests have been invited to the ground breaking, which will be hosted by University Provost Thomas G. Burish. Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke will be among the speakers at the event.

The University is proud to officially launch Innovation Park,Burish said.The park will greatly enhance the ability of Notre Dame researchers to transform their discoveries into applications for the broader world and will provide students from all colleges at the University with the opportunity to participate in the process in a way that will benefit them educationally and experientially.We look forward to a successful partnership.

Innovation Park at Notre Dame seeks to be a solid bridge between the University and marketplace,said David Brenner, the parks president and chief executive officer.While we already are actively discussing partnerships with potential clients, many of which we hope find a permanent home in this community, we are excited to officially begin the construction process.

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_ Contacts: Ann Hastings, interactive marketing manager at Innovation Park, 574-631-8825 or_ " " ; and Dennis Brown, University spokesman and assistant vice president for news and information, 574-631-8696 or " "

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